Hal took up drums in 1963 and became a full-time professional musician in 1978. He was inspired by hearing Ben Pollack, Nick Fatool and Wayne Jones in person, and took lessons from the great Jake Hanna. Hal has played many well-known jazz groups including the Dukes of Dixieland, New Black Eagle Jazz Band, Butch Thompson Trio, Banu Gibson and New Orleans Hot Jazz, Grand Dominion Jazz Band, Yerba Buena Stompers, Climax Jazz Band and Rockabilly groups such as the Cash Kings, the Hayriders and Gino and the Lone Gunmen. Hal also led groups such as the Roadrunners (featuring Bobby Gordon and Rebecca Kilgore) and Hal’s Angels. He has made over 200 recordings and is a respected jazz journalist, contributing countless articles to publications in the U.S. and Europe. Currently, Hal works with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band of San Antonio; Bob Schulz and his Frisco Jazz Band; Ray Skjelbred and his Cubs; Dave Bennett and the Memphis Boys; and the Thrift Set Orchestra.